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FRANCE 24, now in Spanish!

Andrea Amaya Porras, journalist at FRANCE 24 Spanish.

FRANCE 24 in Spanish launched live from Bogota, Colombia, on Tuesday, with the Spanish-language news channel’s inaugural broadcast airing at 1pm Paris time (11am GMT).

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With an editorial staff based in the Colombian capital, the new channel's team comprises 35 journalists, 10 correspondents and a palette of nationalities (Colombian, Argentinian, Spanish, French and English). FRANCE 24 in Spanish will be headed by Alvaro Sierra.

With a €7.3 million budget for 2018, the channel will air six hours of programming every day split between morning and evening broadcasts, blending 15-minute news bulletins with Spanish-language versions of FRANCE 24's flagship shows.

Bringing a fourth language to FRANCE 24’s stable of television news channels after French, English and Arabic, the new Spanish-language network will broadcast to 6.5 million homes across 10 countries in Latin and South America and aims, according to FRANCE 24 chief Marc Saikali, "to build bridges at a time when others are building walls".

To relive the very first moments of FRANCE 24 in Spanish, click on the player above. FRANCE 24's new Spanish-language website, meanwhile, is available here.

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